A. M. Rathnam

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A. M. Rathnam
ChildrenJyothi Krishna
Ravi Krishna
AwardsFilmfare Awards South

A. M. Rathnam is an Indian film producer known for his works in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema.[1][2] Under the gamut of Sri Surya Movies Entertainment, Hyderabad, a movie production house owned by him, he has produced blockbusters in Telugu such as Karthavyam (1990), Peddarikam (1992), Sneham Kosam (1999) and Kushi (2001).[3] He ventured into Tamil cinema in 1996 with the blockbuster Indian, which was India's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. He then produced films such as Kushi, Run, Boys, Enakku 20 Unakku 18, Dhool, Ghilli, 7G Rainbow Colony, Arrambam, Bangaram, Yennai Arindhaal and Vedalam.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rathnam was born in Buchireddypalem of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. Rathnam has two sons, director and actor Jyothi Krishna and actor Ravi Krishna. Jyothi Krishna's directorial debut Enakku 20 Unakku 18 and its Telugu version, as well as Ravi Krishna's first four films, that also include Jyothi Krishna's second directorial venture Kedi, were all produced by Rathnam himself.[5] In 2012, he built a temple for Shirdi Sai Baba at his office in Valasaravakkam.[1][6]


Ratnam started his career as a make-up man for superstar actress Vijayashanti. Being the Executive Producer for the actress, he produced his first film Karthavyam, in 1990. Vijayashanti won the National Award for the Best Actress for this film. He made films with Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and many other actors. He later began producing films in Tamil and Hindi as well, dubbing and releasing several films in other languages. He went on to finance Shankar's Indian, which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil and was later submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Nayak: The Real Hero and Sneham Kosam starring Chiranjeevi.

Rathnam produced the Tamil romance film Kushi, starring Vijay and its same-titled Telugu remake the following year, starring Pawan Kalyan, both of which were directed by S. J. Surya and became highly successful.[7] During the early 1990s, he directed two films Peddarikam and Sankalpam in Telugu.[7] He has also written the screenplay for the film Naaga.[8] Later, he changed the name of his production company from Sri Surya Movies Entertainment to Shri Sai Raam Creations, which is now headed by S. Aishwarya. He had done three consecutive films with Ajith Kumar such as Arrambam, Yennai Arindhaal and Vedalam, all of which were huge success.


Filmfare Awards South

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards



Year Film Language Notes
1990 Karthavyam Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu
1992 Peddarikam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1993 Aasayam Telugu
1994 Tejasvini Hindi
1995 Sankalpam Telugu Also Screenplay & Direction
1996 Indian Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Dubbed into Telugu as Bharateeyudu
1998 Natpukkaga Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
1998 Ellame En Pondattithaan Tamil
1999 Sneham Kosam Telugu
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil Dubbed into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein and Telugu as Premikula Roju
2000 Kushi Tamil
2001 Khushi Telugu
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi
2002 Run Tamil Dubbed into Telugu as same title
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Tamil
2003 Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu Telugu
2003 Dhool Tamil
2003 Naaga Telugu Also Screenplay
2003 Boys Tamil
2004 Kovil Tamil
2004 Ghilli Tamil
2004 7G Rainbow Colony Tamil Dubbed and released in Telugu as 7G Brundavan Colony
2005 Sukran Tamil Only Distribution
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
2005 Sivakasi Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2006 Kedi Tamil 25th Film
2006 Dharmapuri Tamil
2008 Bheemaa Tamil
2013 Arrambam Tamil
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Tamil
2015 Vedalam Tamil
2017 Karuppan Tamil
2017 Oxygen Telugu also screenplay
2022 Hari Hara Veera Mallu Telugu


  1. ^ a b V Lakshmi (5 May 2012). "A M Rathnam builds temple". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  2. ^ palPalani (29 September 2011). "Ajith-Vishnuvardhan-A.M Rathnam project confirmed". Southdreamz.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ "A.m. Rathnam photos, videos, latest news, A.m. Rathnam wallpapers". ApunKaChoice.com. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  4. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (20 July 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Showbitz: Lean and mean". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Video : Producer A.M.Rathnam Speaks About Ajith Kumar". Star Ajith. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Ajith at Ratnam's Sai Baba temple". Sify.com. 7 May 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Telugu Cinema Etc". Idlebrain.com. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Telugu Cinema – Review – Naaga – NTR, Sadaf, Jennifer, Raghuvaran, Rajan P Dev, Rambha – AM Ratnam". Idlebrain.com. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  9. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  10. ^ "Kamal wins 17th Film fare award for role in Indian". The Economic Times. 9 July 1997. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011.

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